Nokia has exactly been swimming in the money in recent years. While life has been hard, it seems that things are finally starting to turn around thanks to their latest Windows Phone 8-equipped Lumia handsets.
Nokia has been shy to speak about exact numbers regarding Windows Phone 8, but has now revealed preliminary financial results for the 4th quarter of 2012 and it seems that during the last quarter their total global sales reaching 86.3 million devices.
More specifically, 4.4 million Lumias were sold, 9.3 million Asha full-touch handsets and 2.2 Symbian devices. The big news here is that this is the very first time that Nokia has reported that its Windows Phone sales have exceeded its sales of the aging Symbian OS (which is very popular in the developing world still).
The reports of 4.4 million sales for the Lumia line paints a pretty clear picture: Windows Phone 8 is off to a good start. Whether Microsoft and its partners can keep this positive momentum going remains unseen, but so far, so good.
Still, Nokia understands that a solid 4th quarter doesn’t mean they are in the clear, and they are also estimated lower numbers for its 1st quarter 2013 sales, in part because early year sales are often quite weak when compared to the rest of the year– the holiday season in particular.
Have you managed to get your hands on a Windows Phone 8-based Nokia handset, either through ownership, a friend or in-store demonstration? If so, what are your impressions of the devices and the OS so far?
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